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Visio alternatives [closed]

I need an alternative to Visio for making diagrams (particularly signal processing block diagrams) that includes some kind of custom stencils + connection points. I just spent 2 hours learning bits and pieces of Dia only to find that it has no rotational capabilities, not even 90 degree rotations. Otherwise it's great.

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Guest [Entry]

I just found out about yEd and am very happy with it.
Guest [Entry]

"I am a fan of OpenOffice Draw.

Anyway, This page discusses a few - http://www.osalt.com/visio

When I did my course at uni, we were encouraged to use Violet for UML modelling as a alternative to Visio, can't remember if it does what you need though!

(I am unable to find it, but sure this has been asked before.)"
Guest [Entry]

"SmartDraw

http://www.smartdraw.com/"
Guest [Entry]

"I was looking for open-source or just freeware Visio alternatives for my home Windows box for years, unfortunately without avail. Every tool I tried (Dia, OpenOffice, Gliffy) was problematic in many ways, not to mention missing lots of advanced features from Visio.

At last this year I bit the bullet and bought Visio 2007 catching a sale that made it very reasonably priced. Now I'm not looking back - it's an amazing tool, well worth paying for."
Guest [Entry]

A very brief google search would turn up a number of similar products and projects in open source and freeware. Probably the closest to what you are looking for would be dia